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1955 July 15 Independent Press Telegram Disneyland Paleo Future

1955 July 15 Independent Press Telegram Disneyland Paleo Future

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PREMIERE
SOUVENIR
EDITION
MAGIC
KINGDOM
.!f?
S~,
Independent
^
FRIDAY,
JULY
15, 1955
Presented
in
this special newspaper "section
are a few of the
many
delights
and
wonders
that
are
yours
to
enjoy
in
Disneyland.
To
develop Disneyland from
a
long-cherished dream
to a
reality
took
the
skills
and
talents
of
hundreds
of
artists,
craftsmen,
architects, engineers
and
scientists,
to all of
whom
I am
sincerely
indebted.
Disneyland
has
been designed
for the enjoyment of
all—
a
magicplace where every
family
can
find
and
share
happy hours andexperiences
together.
,
With
your
first
and
future
visits
to
Disneyland,
I
hope
it will
befor you — as it has
been
for me — a
most happy event
a
dream come
true.
'
WALT
DISNEY
© Copyright
1955
Wall
Disnoy
Production*
 
2—INDEPENDENT-PRESS-TELEGRAM
long
l««h
(Collf.),
Mdny,
July
».
TM5
Disney's
Magic
Kingdom
Opens
to
Public Monday
That
magickingdom
of
Disneyland-long
a dream and now
a
reality-will
open
and
then delves
fat
into
the
future.
What is the story
behind
ing
a
park
to
house
his
car
Disneyland?
This
is
the
question most
often
asked.
Paradoxically,
it
is
the
easiest
and the
hardest
to
answer.
Easiest
because
part
of the
answer
is
that
it
was
Walt Disney's dream
of
years
which
he
brought into
pulsing
existence. Disneyland
and
its
construction
has
cap-tured
theinterestand
imagi-nation
of
people
all
over
the
world.
The
question
is
difficult
be-
cause Disneyland
is a
dream,
and who can say how a
dream
develops?
PLANNED
FOR YEARS
Dealing with more tangible
facts,
sketches
of
Disneyland
were
recently
found
in the
Burbank
studio tiles
dating
as
far
back
as
1932.
At
that
timeWalt Disney
considered
build-
II
n
jJ«J-<^
*w
i'
vw-i-
toon
characters
on
the
back
ofhis
Burbank Studio lot. How-
ever,
as Walt's
activities
ex-
panded, so did his
dream,
and
it
became apparent
that a
larger
site
was
needed.
When this
entertainment
genius
felt
he was
ready
to go
ahead
with
his pet
project,
he
called
in
Stanford
ResearchInstitute to make the
neces-sary investigation
of
possiblesites, attendance
expectancy,
cost,
and
numerous other ques-tions.
'
While Stanford Research
In-
stitute
compiled this
informa-
tion,
artists
were busy
,on
thousands
of
sketches, blue-prints came pouring
from
ar-
chitects'
offices
and
construc-
tion
men
began
to
estimate
the
number
of
feet
of
lumber,
ce-
ment
and the
tons
of
steel
tobe
required
for
this fabulous
expression
of
the
esthetic
mind.
SITE
SELECTED
After
about
a
year's
study,
Stanford
R e s e a rch Institute
recommended
the Anaheim
site.
When
the
property
was
pur-chased
it was a
flat
160-acre
parcel
of
ground where morethan
12,000
orange
trees
grew.
Giant
earth movers
and
bull-
dozers
moved
in, the
trees
were
moved
out,
and
rivers,
moun-tains
and
lakes began
to ap-
pear.
The
berm surrounding
Disneyland
began
to
rise
and
the
skeletons
of a
medievalcastle
and an
1890 railroadstation
soon faced
each other.
By now the
impact
-
of
Disneyland was
being felt
ROUTES TO
DISNEYLAND
Thk
man
shows the
various routes
which may be used to
reach
Disneyland.
All
Sffi^from
tte
south
must
turn
left
at Katella
Ave.,
and
use
the
south
entrance
to the parking lot
for
lefthand
turns
will
not be
permitted
off
Harbor
Blvd
into
the
east
side
of the
parking lot.
Long Beach
visitors
may
use
East
7th St. or
Car-
son
St. to the
best advantage.
the south
side
of the
parking
lot,
looking
due
north.
Pigeons
Ready
for
Their Role
A
mass
rehearsal
took place
at
Disneyland
onerecent
Sun-
day
when
the
birds were
re-
hearsed
fortheir partin the
opening
of
Tomorrowland
dur-
ing
the
p.ress-televised
preview
to be
held
Sunday,
July
17.
The
pigeons, imported from
Seattle,
had
their
"radarsets"
tuned
to fly
south,
and
Disney-
land
officials-
want
them
to re-
turn
to their northern
home
upon
'release at
Tomorrow-
land's
entrance.
Food Planning
Food consumption
at
Dis-
neyland, figured
on an
annual
basis,
was
estimated
at 2.7
mil-
lion
hamburger
sales,
requiring
440,000
pounds
of
hamburgermeat: 900,000
hot
dogs,
requir-
ing
77,000 pounds;
miscellan-
eous
meats such
as steaks,prime
ribs, etc., 170,000
pounds;
chicken
and
turkey,
240,000
pounds.
.
throughout
a
large
area
as
merchants
considered
and
pre-
paredfor the
5,000,000
tourists
Disneyland is
expected
todraw
annually,
and as
more
and
more Orange Countians
found
work
at the
magic king-
dom.
Anaheim
and
surround-
ing
territory became world
fa-
mous
as
press, radio
and
tele-
vision reporters
and
photogra-phers described Disneyland
to
people
of all
nations.
FAST
WORK
Meanwhile, Disney
researchteams
were scouting
the
con-tinent
for
materials
and
equip-ment
to
accurately
portray theareas
represented,
and
work
continued
at a
furious
pace
at
the
Burbank studio where
the
Disneyland
office
organization
was set up
temporarily. Each
trip to the
Anaheim
"site"
made
mandatory
a
detailedprogress report
toeager
Dis-
neylanders
at the
studio.
The
construction department
was
following hard
on theheels of
planners,
and
aboutthis time
a
friendly
competi-
tion
developed between
the de-
signers
and
construction men.Production jumped ahead
as
each worked feverishly
tokeep
aheadoE the
other.
On
Dec.
18 anorder
came
DISNEYLANDFACTS
OPENS—Monday,
July
18,
to
public.
Press
preview, July
17.
HOCKS—10 a. m. to 10 p. m.,7
days
a
week
In
summer,closed Mondays
in
winter.
ADMISSION—SI
for
adult,
80
cents
for
children.
Car
park-
ing, 25
cents.
SIZE—60
acres
Insidepark,
100 acres of
parking.
COST—Over$17 million.
through to
set'
up a
lumber mill
on
the
site.
By
January 3rd,
about
$50,000
worth
^f
mach-
inery
had
been installed,
butpower
was not
available untilJan.
17, and the
mill went
into
production
on
that date.
An
ornamental
plastering
shop
wasset up a
little later,
and
was
followed with
a
paint shop
and
a
completely
equippedsheet metal
and
ornamental
iron
shop.
Roads
began
to
appear
and
buildings
started
to
take shape.
In a few
short
months Main
Street's
buildings were recog-
nizable
as
individual units;rivers, moats
and
lakes were
dredged and
guide
rails
laid;Sleeping Beauty's castle
be-
came recognizable
as
such
and
the
various
lands
took
on
their
identities.
3,500
EMPLOYES
In May
came word
that
the
Disneyland
.personnel
working
at
Burbank would
be
moved
to
the
Disneyland
site
within the
week. This
meant
that
office
workers
for
architectural
and
construction
jobs
would move
out of the
administration
of-
fice,
but
there
was no
place
to
move.
In
true Disneyland
tradition,
construction
menvaulted
the
problem like
a
high
jumper
at a
track meet. They
simply
built
a new house—3200
feet of
office
space,
complete-
ly
equipped—moved
in, andwere
working steadily when
the "newcomers" arrived
a
week
later.
As
opening
day
neared
and
construction
reached
its
peak
the
number
of
employes
at
Disneyland
reached
2500
and
two
shifts
put in 17
working
hours
daily.Walt Disney could
be
seen
onthe
site
almost
any
time,
di-
recting,
inquiring
or suggest-
j
n
g,_always
examining
this
living
dream
to see
that
it
cor-
responded
with
his
original
idea.Now,
with
the
public open-
ing
only
three
days away, Dis-
neylanders are
pitting
on
their
party
clothes and getting ready
for
this
once
in a
lifetime event
when thegatesto the
fabulousmagic
kingdom
swing open.
Extra Copies
Are
Available
You may
send
copies of
this special
Disneyland
edi-
tiontofriendsand
relatives
by
sending
theirnamesandaddresses
together
with 15cfor
each
copy
desired
to:Disneyland
Premier Souve-nirEdition, Independent,
Press-Telegram, 6th and
Pine,
I^onc
Beach
12,
Calif.
The 15c per
copy
includes
acolorful
wrapper and mailed
postage
paid
anywhere
in
the
United
States.
\\
All
aboardDisneyland!
At
last...
the great day has
arrived when
Walt
Disney
has
established
his
happy group
of
favorites
in
their
fabulous
new
home
near
Anaheim.Every
youngster
from
three
to one
hundred
and
three
knows
it. We
have
all
been waiting
for
thefirstinvitationto
come visiting.
Now
that
it is here,
we
are on our way—and
pardon
us
if
our
eagerness
is
showing!
With no
desire
to
steal
any of the
limelight,
we
are
glad
that
Reddy
Kilowatt,
the
symbol
of
Edison service,
is
going
to be
among-those
present
atDisneyland. You
won't
see him but
he'll
be there,
representing something
as
well
.known
as the
Disney people
and almost as magic—electricity.
When
you
think
of it, the
fact
that
any time
1
you flick a
switch
in a
home, store,
office
or
factory,
or
on a
farm,
electricity
comes
to
serve
you
from
a
powerhouse
in.
the mountains or at the seashore,
seems like something which belongs
in a
land
of
fantasy.
Except, of
course,
that electricity
is a
very
real kindof
magic.
It
will
be a
vital
ingredient
in the
magic
of
Disneyland,
as it is a
vital
part
of
yourliving, wherever
you
are.
So
... a
salute
from
Reddy Kilowatt
toWalt
Disney
and his
associates
upon
the
opening
ofDisneyland. As the
latest
and
biggest
step
in hisgreat
record
in the field of entertainment, it
stands
as
a
monument
to his creative
ability.
SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA
EDISON
COMPANY
 
VISIT
THESE SPECTACULAR
RICHFIELD
ATTRACTIOHS
IN
TOMORROWLAND
AT
AND
FILL
UP
WITH
THE
OFFICIAL
GASOLINE
OF
DISNEYLAND-
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A THRIUING
special
thin
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model
^
ONLY GASOLINE GUARANTEED BEST
You'll thrill
to the
years-ahead
Richfieldattractions
in the Tomorrowland
section
of
Disneyland. And every time you fill up yourcar
with
years-ahead
NewRichfield Ethyl,
you'll thrill
to the
extra
power
and
perform-ance that make New Richfield Ethyl the finestof premium motor
fuels
you can buy today.New
Richfield
Ethyl is unsurpassed for TOPOCTANE
power.
And it
contains everyimportant
scientific
additive
to
give
you finest
anti-knock
driving...longer
spark
pluglife...
rust-proof
protection. When
you set out
for'
Disneyland,
be
sure
to fill up
with
New
Rich-field
Ethyl—the
only
gasoline guaranteed best.
1
OFFICIAL
DISNEYLANDROADMAP
An extremely accurate map, printed
in
color,
that gives
the
most
up-
to-date information
on how to
reach Disneyland
and
avoid heavy traf-
fic.
AT
AU
RICHFIELD STATIONS
NOW!
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SEE
US AT THE
RICHFIEID
SHOW...
^
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